SEEN is a powerful and compelling new collection of fine-art portraits which offer glimpses into the complex healing journeys of survivors of sexual abuse.
Commissioned by the Sexual Assault Center of Middle Tennessee, documentary photographer Dan Heller conceived the project as a series of collaborations between artist and subject—a means to share nuanced recovery experiences and emotions that would otherwise remain hidden.
The result: Survivors stepped into the light, broke free of reductive stereotyping and revealed authentic inner worlds, untethered by judgments and cultural overlays. Survivors are truly seen–not reduced to one event, trauma, or circumstance, but viewed as courageous, strong, resilient and whole humans, sometimes raw and vulnerable, ultimately sharing unfiltered truths for all the world to see. Shaping their own images, telling their own stories, and defining their own spaces, SEEN survivors embody the essence of courage and hope. They achieve a greater sense of power and balance within themselves, and become an inspiration to others.
SeenSurvivors.org will publish the first series of sixteen portraits starting with “Duanna”, whose uplifting story and positive energy inspired the defining image of the collection. We encourage you to sign up to receive updates on future exhibitions and moderated public forums, as well as the publication of the First Edition book, “SEEN Survivors” later in 2021.
Dan Heller and the Sexual Assault Center thank Presenting Sponsor HCA Healthcare/ TriStar Health as well as The Frist Foundation and Smith-Douglas Homes for their generous support.